Key equity barometers ended almost flat after a volatile session on Monday. Weak economic numbers, lower than expected auto sales and profit booking, capped equity market gains. Investors were cautious ahead of the central bank's monetary policy meeting on Thursday, 5 December 2019.
The Nifty 50 index failed to close above 12,050. The barometer index, the BSE Sensex, rose 8.36 points or 0.02% to 40,802.17, as per the provisional closing data. The Nifty 50 index fell 7.85 points or 0.07% to 12,048.20, as per the provisional closing data.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE Mid-Cap index fell 0.77% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index fell 0.39%. Both these indices underperformed the Sensex.
The market breadth was in the favor of the sellers. On the BSE, 1050 shares rose and 1500 shares fell. A total of 192 shares were unchanged. In Nifty 50 index, 18 stocks advanced while 32 stocks declined.
NSE on Monday suspended Karvy Stock Broking's license due to non compliance of regulatory provisions of the exchange. This included its trading in capital market, futures & options, currency trading, debt and commodity derivatives segments. Investors with accounts with brokerage will be able to migrate to other brokers.
IHS Markit announced Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) numbers for India. PMI is an economic indicator derived from monthly surveys of private sector companies. The headline seasonally adjusted IHS Markit India Manufacturing PMI rose to 51.2 in November from 50.6 in October, when it had fallen to a two-year low. The latest reading was below the survey average (53.8) and indicated only a slight improvement in the health of the sector. The indices vary between 0 and 100, with a reading above 50 indicating an overall increase compared to the previous month, and below 50 an overall decrease.
India's (GDP) grew by 4.5% in Q2 September 2019, the lowest since Q4 March 2013. Gross value added (GVA), which is GDP minus taxes, grew 4.3% in Q2 September 2019, compared to 4.9% in Q1 June 2019 and 6.9% in Q2 September 2018. The farm sector grew 2.1% while the manufacturing sector de-grew by 1% in July-September 2019.
The Eight Core Industries, carrying 40.27% weight in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), recorded 5.8% decline in the output for October 2019 over October 2018. Its cumulative output rose mere 0.2% in April-October 2019-20.
The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) monetary policy committee (MPC) will meet between 3rd and 5th December 2019 to review the interest rates.
Rating agency Crisil on Monday sharply cut its growth forecast for the current financial year to 5.1% from an earlier estimate of 6.3%. Key short-term indicators like industrial production, merchandise exports, bank credit offtake, tax mop-ups, freight movement, and electricity production, all point to a weakening growth momentum, Crisil said in a research report.
The Nifty Metal Index rose 0.27% to 2,632.65, reversing some of the losses incurred in the previous session.
NMDC (up 2.93%), JSW Steel (up 2.81%), Hindalco Industries (up 0.32%), Steel Authority of India (up 0.25%) and Vedanta (up 0.24%) advanced.
National Aluminium Company (down 2.14%), Tata Steel (down 1.65%), Jindal Steel & Power (down 1.03%), Hindustan Zinc (down 0.95%), Hindustan Copper (down 0.25%) declined.
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Bharti Airtel rose 3.41% to Rs 457.40. The company said its revised tariff plans for its mobile customers will be applicable from 3 December 2019. New plans, represent tariff increases in the range of a mere 50 paise/day to Rs. 2.85/day and offer generous data and calling benefits, Bharti Airtel said.
Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel said that its board of directors will meet on 4 December 2019 to consider and evaluate any and all proposals for raising of funds either by issuance of equity shares, and or bonds through qualified institutions placement or rights issue, or through any other permissible mode or any combination thereof.
Vodafone Idea surged 13.18% to Rs 7.78. The company announced new tariffs/plans for its prepaid products and services. New plans will be available across India starting 3 December 2019.
Grasim Industries advanced 2.71% to Rs 808.25. Grasim Industries has exposure to the telecom sector via its 11.55% stake in Vodafone Idea.
Reliance Industries rose 2.17% to Rs 1584.50. RIL said Jio will be introducing New All-in-One plans with unlimited voice and data. These plans will have a fair usage policy for calls to other mobile networks. The new plans will be effective from 6 December 2019
Jagran Prakashan surged 7.43% to Rs 59.25. The company's board will consider a proposal for buy-back of the fully paid-up equity shares of the company on Monday, 9 December 2019.
Maruti Suzuki India fell 1.56% to Rs 7136.80. The company's total sales fell 1.9% to 1.50 lakh units in November 2019 from 1.53 lakh units in November 2018.
Mahindra & Mahindra rose 0.71% to Rs 533.80. M&M said its overall automotive sales (domestic + exports) stood at 41,235 vehicles in November 2019, compared to 45,101 vehicles during November 2018, down by 9% on a year-on-year basis.
M&M's Farm Equipment Sector sold 21,032 units during November 2019, down by 19% from 25,949 units in November 2018.
Bajaj Auto fell 0.71% to Rs 3153.35 after total vehicles sales declined 1% to 4.03 lakh units in November 2019 as against 4.06 lakh units in November 2018.
Hero MotoCorp slipped 0.92% to Rs 2409.60. The company's total sales tumbled 15.32% as it sold 516,775 units in November 2019 as against 610,252 units in corresponding period last year.
Tata Motors fell 0.28% to Rs 161. The auto major's total vehicle sales slumped 25.32% to 41,124 units in November 2019 from 55,074 units in November 2018.
Infosys slipped 0.59% to Rs 691.85. The company announced an agreement with the Australian Federal Government's Services Australia to transform the entitlement calculation engine for the nation's welfare system.
RBL Bank rose 0.78% to Rs 376.70. The lender's board has approved the lender's plan to raise about Rs 825 crore via preferential issue of shares, according to an exchange notification.
Overseas, shares in Europe and Asia edged higher on Monday as official data over the weekend showed Chinese factory activity rising unexpectedly in November. Also investors clung to hopes Beijing and Washington could reach a compromise in trade talks.
The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) bounced back to 50.2 in November, its highest since March, China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Saturday. The result compared with 49.3 in October.
In US, stocks closed lower on Friday as investors worried about the deterioration in US-China trade relations after a bill supporting Hong Kong protesters was signed by President Trump late on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump is expected to arrive in the U.K. on Monday morning ahead of a NATO summit. His trip to London comes at a hyper-sensitive time in U.K. politics, with just 10 days to go before Britons head to the ballot box.
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